Top 40 Bestselling Case Authors 2017/18

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No. 32 Bestselling Case Author 2017/18

Vincent DessainVincent Dessain
Executive Director, Harvard Business School Europe Research Center
Harvard Business School


Vincent's top bestselling cases

Cases IKEA’s Global Sourcing Challenge: Indian Rugs and Child Labor (A)
How does IKEA respond to a television report that its Indian carpet suppliers were using child labour? IKEA's strong culture and values include a commitment 'to create a better everyday life for many people'. How should the company deal with the ongoing issue of child labour in the supply chain?

Marketing Chateau Margaux
Chateau Margaux, luxury brand or connoisseur brand? Although France is awash with unsold wine, demand has never been stronger for the very finest Bordeaux. How should Margaux sustain and grow its business? 

Zara: IT for Fast Fashion
In 2003, Zara's CIO must decide whether to upgrade the retailer's IT infrastructure and capabilities. At the time of the case, the company relies on an out-of-date operating system for its store terminals and has no full-time network in place across stores. The case describes this value chain, concentrating on its operations and IT infrastructure.

Meet Vincent

BiographyVincent is the Executive Director of the Europe Research Center (ERC) of the Harvard Business School. He  has extensive management and business education experience and is a co-author of two books in finance and co-author of a wide variety of articles in academic journals, cases and course development. He is a frequent guest speaker invited by academia, business and government to speak on topics in management and education.

Prior to his appointment at the HBS Europe Research Center, he was Senior Director of Corporate Relationships at INSEAD in Fontainebleau and elected as the representative of the INSEAD administration on the School’s Board of Directors. Earlier in his career, Vincent was active as a management consultant with Booz-Allen & Hamilton in New York and Paris. His field of consulting was international market entry strategies, financial products, strategy, negotiation and implementation of cross-border alliances, financial restructuring, mergers and acquisitions. He was also a Foreign Associate with the law firm Shearman & Sterling in New York and an Advisor to the President of the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

Key quote

“The beauty of the case method is that we can engineer powerful pedagogy woven into real management situations. 

"The best cases offer opportunities for intense debate on concrete issues with long lasting learning impact. This all leads to exciting and fun class dynamics. In several instances, case work has generated research work keeping a nice balance between relevance and rigour.”

~ Vincent Dessain


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